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The history of the Hilton Hotels company began when an ambitious young man named Conrad Hilton bought his first hotel in 1919. Now, nearly 100 years later, Hilton Hotels has more than 550 luxury hotels in 78 countries across six continents.

Hilton's passion was to become a hotelier after he had worked for some time as a desk clerk at the prestigious Blackstone Hotel in Chicago. To get started on his dream, the enterprising Mr. Hilton borrowed $6,000 from his father John and another $3,000 from the bank. He used this money to purchase his first hotel - one with poor prospects given its location near Harlem University in New York City - but it turned out to be an excellent investment nonetheless.

Conrad Hilton was an astute businessman and soon began buying more hotels. His strategy was to buy struggling hotels, improve them by adding amenities such as telephones and bathrooms (which were still rare in those days), increase their occupancy rates and then sell them at a profit. Before long he had built a chain of 17 hotels around the country.

Hilton's company expanded rapidly through the decades and by 1960 it boasted 58 properties across America. The Hilton Hotels Corporation went public in 1954 and Conrad Hilton became one of the world's richest men. He used his vast fortune to pursue other business interests including real estate, aviation, entertainment and newspapers over the subsequent years until his death in 1979 when control of the corporation passed to his son Barron. Today there is no doubt that the Hilton name is one of the world's most prestigious businesses.

In 2006 Hilton Hotels Corporation began a new chapter when it was acquired by the private equity arm of three large investment funds, Blackstone Capital Partners L.P., Alpinvest Partners LLC and Prestige Properties Inc., for $26 billion. In 2007 these three companies merged with Cornwall Capital to form a company which today trades as Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.

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